Soon: Private pharmacies to distribute free TB drugs?

In order to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) by 2025, the government of India plans to implement several measures to tackle the menace of TB. On January 22, the Union Health Ministry will hold a meeting with All India Chemist and Druggist Association. During the meeting, a decision to allow private pharmacies to distribute TB drugs for free to patients is likely to be taken

Soon: Private pharmacies to distribute free TB drugs?In the near future, patients suffering from tuberculosis no longer need to visit DOTS centres, if the meeting between over a lakh of chemists associations and the health ministry goes to plan. The government is set to hold a discussion with All India Chemist and Druggist Association in order to distribute TB drugs free of […]

State officials dismiss claim of shortages of cartridges used for ‘GeneXpert’

A total of 72 government run centres provide GeneXpert facility in Maharashtra which carry out Cartridge-Based Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (CBNAAT), which gives out report within two hours. These tests are crucial for detection of TB in HIV positive patient and detection of Multi Drug Resistant (MDR) TB cases

State officials dismiss claim of shortages of cartridges used for ‘GeneXpert’A tuberculosis (TB) official from Maharashtra has dismissed any claims of shortages of cartridges used in GeneXpert facility for the rapid detection of TB. These cartridges are used for rapid detection and treatment of suspected multi-drug resistant (MDR-TB) patients as well as those with HIV-TB comorbidity. Sanjeev Kamble, Joint Director of state for TB, said, […]